Lincoln turns down debate

April 27, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is turning down a chance to debate her chief rival for the Democratic nomination on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Lincoln’s campaign said Monday that she won’t accept the national news show’s invitation to debate Lt. Gov. Bill Halter on May 9. Halter has accepted the show’s invitation. Lincoln’s campaign said that she didn’t want to interrupt her plans to be in Arkansas with her family on Mother’s Day to appear on the Sunday news show.

AgHeritage slates open house

April 27, 2010 On Thursday, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services will be firing up the grill for the annual Customer Appreciation Open House in Batesville, according to a news release. The event will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Batesville office, 255 E. College St. Hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken will be served. “The relationships we share with our customer-owners are important to us and we look forward each year to the honor of hosting them at this event,” said Junior Beshears, branch manager.

Homecoming singing to be held

April 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Pioneer Day Homecoming Singing will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the John E. Miller Auditorium on the campus of Ozarka College in Melbourne.

Speed sign used in Izard Co.

April 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department recently began using a trailer mounted speed display sign to advise motorists of the speed they are traveling and the posted speed limit, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said in a news release. The sign will flash when the speed limit is exceeded. The sign is being used in areas — mostly residential — where there have been complaints of speeding.

Courthouse to close at noon

April 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County Courthouse will close at noon Friday in order for vendors to set up on the court square and for city workers to prepare for Pioneer Day, which is Saturday.

Budget committee will meet

April 27, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court Budget Committee will meet at 5 p.m. May 4 in the juvenile courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter building at Third and Main streets in Batesville. The agenda will include discussion of overtime for district court employees and other budget items, according to a news release. The meeting is open to the public.

Variety show planned

April 27, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord Beta Club will host its annual variety show at 7 p.m. Friday in the old gymnasium at Concord. Entertainment will include skits and singing. Admission is $2 for students and $3 for adults. Those who are interested in participating may call Frieda Clark at (870) 668-3522.

Candidates to assemble at UACCB

April 27, 2010 Several candidates will be on hand this evening for a Meet and Greet followed by a debate of three races at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The Batesville Daily Guard will be broadcasting the live debate tonight at The event will get under way at 7 p.m. at Independence Hall with a welcome by Phi Theta Kappa President Shelley Love. Tammy Smith, Student Government Association senator and PTK secretary, will introduce the candidates.

Getting on the ‘brandwagon’

April 27, 2010 Batesville may be an old city, but it’s time for a new look. Last week, Cary Tyson, director of Main Street Arkansas, and Ben Muldrow with Arnett Muldrow, a consulting firm specializing in community planning, were in Batesville for a three-day branding session, courtesy of Main Street Arkansas.

Hired – Willison lands school position

April 27, 2010 As the Batesville School District’s new superintendent Dr. Randy Willison is ready to hit the ground running. “The disadvantage is I have to wait until July 1 to do it,” he said with a laugh. The Batesville School Board met Monday night where it voted to hire Willison as the district’s new superintendent, replacing Ted Hall who announced his resignation as superintendent in February. For Willison, 52, the chance to be part of Batesville, the school, and Batesville, the community, is a wonderful opportunity and one he and wife Laura are excited to begin.